And more amazing exhibits to see out the rest of this year
If you missed out on Yayoi Kusama’s brilliant Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, well, that’s unfortunate. How about some art inspired by hell, gritty Singapore suburban scenes, interactive art and hanging out with the Impressionists? We don’t mean to humblebrag: we do have some of the world’s most impressive art museums and galleries in town. Here’s how to hit the art scene in Singapore for the rest of 2017…
Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee D’orsay
If you’re a fan of the Impressionist palette, from the soft pastels in the paintings of Renoir and Monet to the deep blacks of Manet’s Spanish-influenced painting, this exhibition will trace the importance of colour to the Impressionists’ radical reshaping of painting in the 19th century. Featuring over 60 masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, including key works by the great Impressionists, this is one exhibition you need to catch.
Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee D’orsay, National Gallery Singapore, 16 Nov 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957, p. 6271 7000
If You Give Me Lemon, I’ll Make Lemonade: Tales from Tokyo and Tangkahan
Angki Purbandono, one of Indonesia’s leading photography artists (pictured above), has been working with scanography as his primary media for 11 years. His transition from camera to scanner was inspired by Man Ray, a 20th century modernist artist known for his photography works created with different approaches other than the camera. Angki’s works are strongly influenced by the places he visits, by objects he finds, and by his observations on how other people live in those places. This exhibition is a result of Angki’s artist residency programs in two places with very contrasting characteristics: in Tangkahan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, where he experienced the jungle environment, and in Tokyo, Japan, where he experienced a metropolitan city.
If You Give Me Lemon, I’ll Make Lemonade: Tales from Tokyo and Tangkahan, Mizuma Gallery, Gillman Barracks, 22 Sep – 29 Oct, 22 Lock Road, #01-34, Singapore 108939
Women in Photography
The spotlight is on 8 international women photographers as issues of domesticity, family and feminine identity is explored through their medium. Singapore documentary photographer Bernice Wong will be focusing on a single mother of seven children, Jannatul Mawa from Bangladesh will be documenting the relationship between housewives and housemaids in her home country, American photographer Nancy Borowick will show that last days of her parents who suffer from cancer – just to name a few. Poverty, hardship, motherhood, war and society become subjects in the work of these photographers.
Women in Photography, Objectifs Chapel Gallery, 13 Oct – 19 Nov, 55 Middle Road, Singapore 188977, p. 6336 2957
Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna
Between Worlds will feature the works of Indonesian artist Raden Saleh and Filipino artist Juan Luna, two leading 19th century painters from Southeast Asia in the 19th century who achieved recognition in Europe. This will be the first major survey to bring their works together.
Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, National Gallery Singapore, 16 Nov 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957, p. 6271 7000
The Artist’s Voice
Relatively new art space Parkview Museum is following up its well-received exhibition, On Sharks and Humanity with The Artist’s Voice, the first in a series of thematic exhibitions that explore the complexity of our times through contemporary art. Curated by art historian Lorand Hegyi, the exhibition will feature 34 international artists such as Marina Abramovic, Bill Viola and more.
The Artist’s Voice, Parkview Museum, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square Level 3, Singapore 188778
Bold and Beautiful Edition by Tatinis
Online art marketplace Tatinis comes to life at exhibition space The Deck in October with an interactive exhibition of more than 150 artworks for sale and three themed art nights. More than 30 locally-based artists, including 20 children artists and 12 senior citizen artists will be involved over the few days. Admission is free but all donations for the event will go towards Connect Corners, an organisation that supports children and families from marginalised communities and developing countries.
Bold and Beautiful Edition, 26-29 Oct, The Deck, 120A Prinsep St, Singapore 187937
Human Archive Project by Nicola Anthony
The Human Archive Project is a collaborative piece between artist, Nicola Antony, the inmates of Changi Women’s Prison, at-risk youths, members of the general public, and more who were invited to contribute stories about themselves. The two-part presentation by the artist explores the human condition and threads of commonalities despite our differences. The Human Archive Project provides a glimpse into lives of others, especially the disenfranchised voices in our society whose stories we do not hear very often.
Human Archive Project by Nicola Anthony, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, 6 – 29 Oct, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535, p. 6589 9550
Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition, 2017
The Singapore Art Museum, in partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Project, will be showcasing individual and collaborative artworks by 25 male and 17 female inmates who were guided by artist-mentors Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee, and Nicola Anthony. Titled For Better Endings and New Beginnings, the works will highlight the inmate’s rehabilitative journey through art.
Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition, 2017, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, 7 – 22 Oct, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535, p. 6589 9550
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia
Featuring works of visual art from across Southeast Asia that draw upon the world of film and cinema, as well as mass media and popular iterations of the moving image, the exhibition will examine issues such as personal and collective identity, politics, and history.
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, 17 Nov 2017 – 18 Mar 2018, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535, p. 6589 9550
Hell, Purgatory and Paradise by Adeel uz Zafar
Based on Dante’s 14th century epic poem, Divine Comedy which details the afterlife journey of the soul toward God, Pakistani artist Adeel uz Zafar’s solo exhibition probes and asks questions about the personal, social, political, religious and philosophical, while retaining that sense of whimsy skepticism seen in his previous works. The exhibition will also showcase the artist’s self-developed unique technique of etching on vinyl with the use of different tools. The scale of the new works are also much more intimate than his previous works, reminiscent of the traditional miniature paintings of South Asia.=
Hell, Purgatory and Paradise by Adeel uz Zafar, Fost Gallery, Gillman Barracks, 22 Sep – 20 Oct, 1 Lock Road, #01-02, Singapore 108932